Planning a road trip is easy when you’ll be gone a few days. Clothes, snacks, drinks… the essentials for the ride and the trip. But what if you’re driving an hour to go to work, or a meeting, or just to visit a friend. Do you think about bringing a little something to eat or drink for such a short trip?
Think about that a moment. Think about the roads we drive on every day. Accidents happen, right? Most of the roads we travel on are local thoroughfares with lots of connector roads and places to stop for fuel, food, or a bathroom. But what if you’re traveling on a limited access highway or toll road?
I bring this to your attention because an incident happened on a limited access highway yesterday morning just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You may have seen in it on the news… nearly 100 cars and trucks were involved in an accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike due to icy road conditions and sun glare. Thankfully no one was killed but there were nearly 30-40 people injured. Traffic was stopped in both directions for quite some time, but the worst part was the East bound side of the highway where the accident occurred was closed for nearly 9 hours. Traffic was backed up for almost 8 miles behind the accidents, unable to move. 9 hours!
Now, those of you that have been following us for a while know that I am a firefighter by trade for 21 years. Lisa and I started advocating for Celiac awareness after our daughter Giulia was diagnosed with the disease in 2012. I was on duty at my firehouse yesterday morning watching this unfold on TV. I’ve seen my fare share of accidents and gridlock where I work as we have to deal with similar roadways with the NJ Turnpike and Route 295 cutting through our response district.
As we continued our normal work activities in the firehouse, the news was on in the background. The media thrives on this kind of stuff so it was on every channel. Three hours into this thing, I sat down with a cup of coffee and realized not much has changed. Gridlock. Emergency responders were still working on the scene, transporting the injured, and assessing the carnage. My stomach grumbled. It was 11:30… almost time for lunch. Lunch! Those poor people stuck in that mess are screwed! This won’t be cleaned up for a while! Just then the news reporters on scene started talking about good samaritans bringing bottled water, hamburgers, snacks, and pizza down the embankments from overpasses above. People from the area watching this on TV recognized that people might be hungry and thirsty so they started doing what they could to help. Amazing, right?!?
My thought immediately went to my 10 year old daughter. If we were stuck in this mess and weren’t prepared, Giulia wouldn’t be able to eat any of that. Now, most adults would probably be OK for the duration. Give me a couple of bottles of water and I’m good. God knows I could stand to miss a meal! But I can’t imagine Giulia having the same resolve, nor would I want her to!
My point is this: be prepared. Society tends to get complacent about life in general. The fire service calls it the “It won’t happen to me” syndrome. But inevitably that guy they call Murphy shows up and blows that theory right out of the water. There’s nothing wrong with thinking ahead and being prepared. You never know. Grab a couple of gluten free granola bars, some water bottles… what ever you like. Call it your “Go Bag”. It might come in handy one day.
… and throw a blanket or two in the back. Glass is designed to break in an accident and summer isn’t for a few more months. Stay safe!
Do you have a plan in place for a gluten free food emergency? Leave your ideas in the reply box below. We’d love to hear from you!